Janesville Bluebirds start season with a win
Sean MacDougall and the Janesville Bluebirds got the 2009-10 season off to a flying start Tuesday night.
MacDougall had four assists, and Cody Iverson scored two goals to lead Janesville’s high school co-op team to a 5-1 Big Eight Conference win over Beloit Memorial at the Janesville Ice Skating Center.
Janesville trailed 1-0 but tallied three goals in the last three minutes of the first period to take control.
“We got some nice bounces, we didn’t turn the puck over, and we ran a nice power play most of the night,” Janesville coach John Mauermann said.
“And I really thought Joe Allen set the tone for us. He came out on his first shift and played physical. I think the other guys on the team realized that’s the kind of effort it’s going to take each and every shift.”
Iverson tied the game at 14:56 of the first on a power play goal. Janesville Parker senior Aaron Jacobson gave the Bluebirds the lead for good less than a minute later on assists from MacDougall and Cody Stettin, and Allen capped off the late three-goal flury when he scored with 21 seconds left in the opening period.
Janesville Craig’s Ron Lindgren made it 4-1 midway through the third, and Iverson, a Craig sophomore, finished the scoring on a power-play goal at 11:49 of the third.
“I’m really happy with the way our young defenseman played tonight,” Mauermann said. “We play two sophomores, a junior and a freshman, and I thought they handled the pressure well.
“The couple of times we got beat coming out of the zone, we were able to catch up and poke-check the puck away.”
Janesville hosts pre-season favorite Verona in a Big Eight Conference game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
JANESVILLE 5, BELOIT 1
Beloit Memorial 1 0 0—1
Janesville 3 0 2—5
B—Russell Oakes, 4:10. J—Cody Iverson (Sean MacDougall, Aaron Jacobson), 14:56, pp. J—Jacobson (MacDougall, Cody Stettin), 15:45. J—Joe Allen (Ron Lindgren), 16:39.
J—Lindgren (Allen, MacDougall), 8:17. J—Iverson (MacDougall, Jacobson), 11:49, pp.
Saves—Zach Woodman (B) 23, Tyler Lewis (J) 11.